IiMER International Conference Week London 2019


Invest in ME Research has announced dates for events taking place in London for their International Conference Week in May 2019 on biomedical research into ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).

The second Thinking the Future conference for young or early career researchers will be on 28th May 2019.

The ninth Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium (BRMEC9) will take place over two days 29th-30th May 2019.

The above are privately held meetings for researchers from around the world to be able to discuss or share work in progress and plan future collaborations.

The fourteenth International ME Conference (IIMEC14) will be on 31st May 2019 and is open to anyone to attend by pre-paid ticket only (not at the door or on the day). A great opportunity for patients well enough to go in person, family, carers, medical and healthcare professionals, political representatives, journalists etc.

IiMER will post more details in due course of next year’s events on their conference/colloquium website, where you can also find details of past events, the Conference Reports, Journal of IiMER and the Conference DVDs, which are accredited by the Royal Colleges so that doctors may gain professional development credits for watching.

The 2018 IIMEC13 Conference DVD is available to buy at this link: http://investinme.eu/IIMEC13.shtml#dvd

Here is the IIMEC13 presentation by Professor Ron Davis of Stanford.


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‘An Inspiration for the World’

Reprinted from the original for IIMEC10 with kind permission of Invest in ME.

10 Years of Biomedical Research – Invest in ME

by Dr Leonard A Jason and Zachary Siegel,


01-01 Leonard Jason

10 years of Invest in ME’s dedication to advocate for a marginalized group and the determination to allocate funds in a neglected field needs to be acknowledged and applauded.

This organization has been working in the trenches of ME, and it has been a notable and significant contribution to the field.

Invest in ME has been able to increase awareness and disseminate knowledge to scientists, clinicians, and patients within the ME community. With limited resources, but unlimited creativity and imagination, these patients and their supporters have showed the world what can be done. They are an inspiration for the world.

Stigma is still associated with too many patients with ME, and this might be partly due to our society’s infatuation with unlimited energy, stamina, and endurance, and in fact, these entities are more alluring than money. Patients with ME continue to encounter skepticism, and this is regrettable, as patients first endure a devastating illness and then they are further victimized by our society’s reaction to them. Far too many scientists and health care workers have been part of the problem, and this has to change. The status quo is not acceptable for patients with ME.

It’s only by us collectively being involved in action that the situation will change. And it has changed for many other illness groups, such as people with HIV/AIDS, who demonstrated that it is possible to bring about a sea change in the treatment and respect for people with this illness. To bring about this type change is going to involve not just the patients who have ME, but also their friends and family members who do not have this illness. The future of this field is in connecting the many patient and scientific groups into one larger body that is united for change. We welcome youth groups, civic organizations, and not-for-profits to get involved in one of the truly neglected areas needing structural changes in the way patients are treated and their availability to quality care.

Dr.  Leonard Jason  at IIME Conference
Dr. Leonard Jason
at IIME Conference

In order to push forward, we need research that involves multidisciplinary efforts that will bring together scientists from different disciplines including virologists, epidemiologists, individuals who study the autonomic nervous system, genetics, computer science, immunology, and many other disciplines. This illness represents a great challenge to medicine, and one from which we will all learn the intricacies and systems of the human body.

In addition to the massive amounts of funding that are needed to better understand this complex illness, patients living in every country need the best that medicine can offer. The key to success is a team of health care providers working closely with patients, using services that meets all of their needs. I continue to believe that learning how to pace and stay within the energy envelope is the key to having a better quality of life. But we need much more basic research to find ways to cure this illness, and one day it will be possible, just as it has with other diseases that have had adequate funding for research. ME received considerable media attention over the last year, and we now need to use this momentum to bring about the changes that are so desperately needed. There is nothing as important for our field as seeing patients as true collaborators in service programs and research that focus on better understanding this illness, and their voices and vision need to play an instrumental role in setting the agenda for the future.

By Dr. Leonard A. Jason and Zachary A. Siegel

Director of DePaul University’s Centre for Community Research, Dr. Leonard Jason and his Myalgic Encephalomyelitis & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research Team have worked to define the scope and impact of ME & CFS worldwide.

Dr. Jason is Vice President of the International Association for CFS/ME and has been a key driver of CFS research since 1991. He is uniquely positioned to support collaboration between ME & CFS researchers, patients, and government decision makers.

Dr. Jason’s studies have shown that the direct and indirect costs of ME & CFS amount to $20 billion in the U.S. each year, and that more than 1 million Americans suffer from ME & CFS. He is currently undertaking a study of mortality in ME and CFS.

Dr. Jason presented at the Invest in ME Conference in 2008 and 2010. His articles have been published in the Journal of Invest in ME, and he wrote the foreword to the book Lost Voices. Lastly, but by no means least, he and his team braved the Chilli M.E. Challenge to help raise awareness and funds for biomedical ME research.  Grateful thanks to Leonard Jason, Zachary Siegal and colleagues from the team at Let’s Do It for ME!

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